Introduction to Digital Photography Course

Hello, I’m teaching an Introduction to Digital Photography Course at the Dundas Valley School of Art starting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 through to November 22, 2022 (a 20-week course).  

Classes start at 7:00 pm each week and run until 9:30 pm.

Course Description

In this beginner level course, you’ll develop a solid foundation by using your digital camera in class and receiving feedback on your photos.  Fully understand shutter-speeds, apertures, ISO, histograms, focusing and the various exposure modes available to create better quality images.  We’ll also cover how to safely transfer and backup your photos.  Bring your camera, or if you are looking to purchase, hold off until after the first class as we’ll review various makes and models. 

To register for the course 2A82-A Introduction to Digital Photography, click the this link, of go to dvsa.ca and search for course 2A82-A in the Fall Semester/Photography classes.

Please bring your current digital camera to the first class, or if you don’t have one, hold off buying any, and I’ll talk with you about what types of pictures you want to take and what you want to do with the images.  Then I can suggest a number of camera options for you, based on your budget, that you might want to consider.

Students receive detailed, step-by-step handouts for each lesson, detailing all the photographic concepts and ideas discussed during each lesson.  All the lesson handouts form a fantastic, easy-to-read and understand reference guide you can refer to anytime after the course.

For me the really cool things is… I really enjoy teaching, sharing what I know with others, because it’s through that sharing that I too learn!!!

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to email at edward@amindseye.com.   I’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you as you begin your photographic journey!!




Introduction to Adobe Camera RAW & Photohop Course

Hello, I’m teaching an Introduction to Adobe Camera RAW & Photoshop Course at the Dundas Valley School of Art starting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 through to October 26, 2022 (a six-week course).  

Classes start at 7:00 pm each week and run until 9:30 pm.

You can bring your own laptop computer (Mac or PC) with the subscription version of Photoshop (only) already purchased and loaded on your computer.  If you want to buy the subscription version of Photoshop before the course and have it already to go, click this link.

Or, you can use a DVSA iMac computer with the subscription version of Photoshop already loaded on it.  Then after the course you can purchase the subscription version of Photoshop for yourself.

Course Description

Ideal for amateur and hobbyist photographers looking to get the most out of Camera RAW and other Photoshop tools – selections, layers, masks, sky replacement, removing unwanted content and more as you look to more fully edit and prepare your images.  You’ll become familiar with the editing capabilities of Adobe Photoshop (PS) as you explore the PS workspace, the RAW editor – Camera RAW –and its expansive set of digital tools.  Lessons cover the basics of opening, saving and storing image files, the various processing tools of Camera RAW used for editing image files and making the most of the other PS tools used for more advanced image editing.


To register for the 2A85 *NEW* Introduction to Adobe Camera RAW & Photoshop course, click the following link DVSA.

Students receive detailed, step-by-step handouts for each lesson, on all image processing software processes and procedure.  As well, students get to edit images supplied the Instructor and their own personal RAW image files shot for specific lessons.  All the lesson handouts form a fantastic, easy-to-read and understand reference guide you can refer to anytime after the course.

For me the really cool things is… I really enjoy teaching, sharing what I know with others, because it’s through that sharing that I too learn!!!

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to email at edward@amindseye.com.   I’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you as you begin your photographic journey!!


Wabi Sabi

Wabi and Sabi and Creative Photography 

Wabi is a feeling of loneliness synonymous with solitude, reflection, a sense of non-attachment and appreciation for the spontaneous unfolding of circumstances.  It is like the quiet that comes from a winter snowfall, where all the sounds are hushed and stillness envelopes everything. 

Sabi is the suchness of ordinary objects, the basic, unmistakable uniqueness of a thing that is and of itself.

Much art, other than photography, is generally presented as expressions of creativity:

 “Here’s a symbol for what I felt.”

 “Here’s a metaphor for something meaningful.”

 “Here’s an expression of my beliefs and philosophy.”

 “Here’s a unique style, or innovative arrangement, I came up with that defines my work as distinct from others.”

 “Here’s a visual experience for you to contemplate.”

In contrast, much photography seems deliberately presented as decidedly uncreative:

 “Here’s where I’ve been.”

 “Here’s what happened.”

 “Look how lucky I got!”

 “Here’s a picture of …”

An on-line landscape photography magazine I read is having an ongoing conversation about the truth, or lack there of, about a photograph.  Before digital photography, when film was all there was, photography was presented as absolute truth of a thing.  That’s because the photographer could present the print and the negative to show that no intervention had occurred between the developing of the negative and the making of the print so, therefore the print represented exactly what the camera saw.  And since the camera lens was much better at capturing fine detail than any human could represent with a paint brush, then, by default, the camera lens captured truth.

But was that precisely true?

As photography progressed with newer different focal length lenses, e.g., wide angle, telephoto and variable zoom lenses, absolute truth was no longer true.  A wide angle lens distorts perspective and exaggerates the distances between objects, while telephoto lenses compress distances between objects making them appear closer together.

Enter the digital sensor that captures photons of light, converts those photons into a computer file of 1s and 0s, and once the shutter is pressed, a computer file is stored on a memory card.  The memory card, depending on the photographer’s budget, can hold thousands of computer (images) files.  While the photographer can display an ”image” on the camera’s LCD screen of the ”picture” he/she just took, the image he/she is looking at is the camera’s firmware’s interpretation of the 1s and 0s rendered by sensor.  Once the ”image” file is downloaded onto a computer, opened/edited with image editing software, there’s an excellent chance the processed ”image“ and the ”image“ displayed on the camera’s LCD screen will have little in common.

What does all of the preceding have to do with Wabi Sabi and creative photography?

As the winter freeze gave way to a welcome Spring thaw, I walked along the banks of a small creek near my home.  The banks were still solid enough to walk along, but venturing out onto the ice was an adventure.  After breaking through the ice, falling backwards, but keeping my camera in the air, and regaining my footing and I spotted a patch of melting ice and flowing water.

As I stared at the scene in front of me, a realisation formed in my mind - water was present in three different forms, in one place, at one time: snow, ice and liquid.  I was seeing the transformative power of nature in real time.  The shape and form of the ice reminded me of fingers reaching down into the cold, moving water.  The bubbling water sounded like laughter as the creek welcomed the melting snow and ice back to its previous form.  My awareness of my surroundings faded; I was alone, my mind focused entirely on the tiny scene in front of me.

How do I capture the awe, my amazement and the extent of my emotional reactions into an image that conveys all this to a viewer?

The Wabi Sabi concept came back to me.  I framed the scene on the camera’s LCD screen, slowly moving progressively closer, eliminating extraneous details, until the image in my mind’s eye displayed on the LCD screen.  I smiled to myself as I pressed the shutter release.  I lowered my camera, fully satisfied I’d captured my emotional response to the ongoing transformation before me in nature.

Is the above image the truth, or is it ”presented as an expression of creativity”?



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